Mountain Ravens are very smart. They are everywhere people are at. They have a swagger about them.
I Walked the loops of campground “G” this morning with coffee in hand. It is a ritual I now follow when camped in formal campgrounds. The exercise is good for me and the weather is perfect.
A couple from Texas in a Casita that I met yesterday has their running outfits on and two of their four dogs on leashes to accompany them, a whippet and a border collie. They enjoy their dogs and Casita as much as I do. I tell them if they need a dog babysitter I am available. Later that day I see them running with their other two dogs, an Austraiian Shepard and a chocolate Lab.
I talk to a couple from Bellingham, Washington. He has a big Ford 450 diesel truck with a bare frame with two bicycles on the frame. The truck pulls a big fifth wheel but looks funny with only the two bicycles attached when he goes down the road. I ask him of the Ford can handle the two bicycles, He laughs, he is a contractor and the Ford pulls big excavation equipment back home. He tells me they were up by Fishing Bridge last night and witnessed a big herd of bison running. As they looked closer there was a pack of wolves chasing them. I would love to see the wolves in Yellowstone. It is the main reason I have come here.
I talked to a young family with a Mini Cooper with a very large topper container. Reminded me of my family vacationing in a little Toyota Corolla with Sears car top carrier almost as big as the car. It sure made it easy to identify where I was parked in a large parking lot.
I meet a lady whose family is traveling with a borrowed Jayco popup trailer. The trailer is owned and shared with several families. My family had two popups when the boys were little. I think that popups are a great way for young families to camp when moving up from tent camping. I recall buying a little used Jayco for $2,500, using it for years and selling it for almost the same amount.
I meet a young couple traveling in one of those now ancient Toyota campers. I am amazed at the numbers that are still on the road. His has the 6 cylinder engine.
The West Virginia couple I met last night left early this morning. He stopped by last night as I was grilling my Montana flat iron steak. He had parked a 30ft plus Airstream across from me yesterday. He said he bought it as a wreck and paid Airstream $30K to refurb it. It is beautiful and the construction reminds me much of the 737 fuselages we shipped by rail car from Wichita to Seattle. He has a military full disability and had been a pilot. Like me, he is grateful that he has had the time to explore this country. They have been on the road for 14 weeks and have just visited campgrounds in Glacier National Park.
Later in the day I meet Bob who is traveling in a Casita with a Honda Pickup as a tow vehicle. He is from North Carolina. He shoots in handgun competitions and is a concealed carry instructor. He bought his Casita new and is yet another enthusiastic owner.